I was hungover, bored, and watching the all-22 yesterday. So I diagrammed them out. These are the first couple drives, with more to come later if I can figure out a faster way to load them into a fanpost (pain in the ass).
Long post, lots of pictures. Don't complain about either.
First and 10, PHI 23
Three WR, TE in on the right. DeSean motions around the back of the formation, the CB doesn’t follow so we’re in zone. Foles initially looks DJax’s way, but the slot corner for Dallas is going to leave his receiver to the safety and head upfield to cover the screen.
This is the screen play we ran so well against the Bears where we fake to DeSean on the motion to one side, then come back to Shady – you can see our two bigs steaming to the right side of field (and the two DAL linebackers heading that way). Shady is right up against the tackle, maybe waiting for Lane to clear his guy out. The one thing you do notice is that because their corner moved up on DeSean, and the safety up on our slot receiver, there is a lot of room in front of Celek.
One of the DAL DTs is headed right for Shady, so they sniffed out the screen. The other one, unfortunately, is headed for Foles. With another second he might have been able to hit Celek, but he doesn’t have it so he throws this one away at Shady’s feet.
This is from the other angle, and you can see the nice play by Nick Hayden, the DAL DT. The second our bigs let him go to get downfield, he puts a (large) foot in the ground to get over to Shady. You can also see the Celek route developing, and the pressure coming right in that lane.
2nd and 10. PHI 23.
This one for those of you who don’t think blocking WR’s are important. It’s a run to right guard that’s going to go for 7. Avant was lined up split right. He is going to motion in before the snap, and then as Celek goes downfield for the LB, Avant takes on the DE Selvie and does a good job of it. The corner who was covering Avant is the guy standing there with the question mark.
Another interesting point. You can see Kelce sealing the left, where there are also good blocks. The DAL LB goes one way, McCoy the other.
3rd and 3, PHI 30
DeSean is going in motion again, and notice in the coverage that the CBs switch. The outside CB is going to take over the slot, and the slot CB is going to track DeSean around the back of the formation. That leaves one CB in man coverage on the right.
The triangles are Polk, running the wheel route, and the MLB who is responsible for him. The LB’s problem is that Avant, bringing the slot CB with him, is trying to get in his way. In zone, the CB would stay at home and an MLB would pick up Avant. But we aren’t in zone.
The delay for the LB to get around the CB is enough for Polk to make the catch and gain 34 yards.
Three plays from similar formation. 3 WR, TE in on the right, 25 in the backfield. One a screen with an option on the right and an option on the left. The next a run up the middle. The next a wheel route right.
1st and 10, DAL 3
Big Lane Johnson is part of our bunch formation to the left– which the Dallas CB notices and responds to by…pointing. Celek is our de facto RT. We only have 5 on the line so we have a numbers advantage left.
DeSean has motioned over, with the CB following, but we still have an extra man. Foles fakes the handoff, which has the DE frozen on contain, and the three LBs milling about behind their line. Perfect. So…
Foles decides to tuck it and go one on one? Can’t explain this one.
2nd and 10, DAL 36.
We have two TEs in, and DAL has two safeties back. Casey starts a little wider but motions over to the line. We have eight in the box, they have seven.
Get used to seeing this. We’re going to use it a lot. Lane Johnson is over on the left with Peters, and we have Celek and Casey stacked on the right side of the line. The run is designed to go right, where Herremans and Kelce help on double-teams and then go down to get the LBs.
The DT is coming through, but notice Casey coming back across the line to stop backside pursuit. Kelce and Herremans are getting off of their DTs straight ahead of McCoy.
Nick Hayden, 96, has broken through. For some reason, Casey went around him instead of blocking him. The weakside DE is not a threat so that’s a mistake on Casey’s part. Hayden is also trying pretty hard to draw a flag, and does. I watched this about ten times and didn’t see anything. Anyhow both Dallas LBs moved to their right (camera left) and Kelce and Herremans have them sealed.
DeSean is blocking outside, Shady has the corner, and the safety is coming up to meet him.
Predictably enough, the safety is on the ground, Shady isn’t, and he’ll turn the corner for 11 with a little help from DJax. But…there’s a flag.
They called the hold on Johnson earlier, which was a soft call, but Celek may be guilty here. It isn’t a lot, but it looks like he might have grabbed some jersey as McCoy is heading for the corner.
2nd and 20, DAL 46
We started off in shotgun with a 2-back set. Foles is handing the ball off the McCoy who has two options. Left into the DE who is frozen in contain (good play), or right behind Polk who was the second back. McCoy has the ball and chooses to go left.
It does look like there might have been a hole in the center, but following Polk seems like it would have been the better option.
3rd and 19, DAL 45
Telestration FTW! It’s third and very long – they know it, we know it. DeSean starts wide right, motions in and continues into a crossing route. Ertz is in the right slot and runs a deep corner. Shady runs a swing route. On the other side, Avant in the slot runs a deep post and Riley, wide left, a deep curl.
Riley runs a nice route, leaving the CB behind him. Everyone else is pretty much covered, so Foles guns it to him. You can see 57, the DAL LB Devonte Holloman read it and try to jump the pass.
It’s a good thing Foles put some what-for on this one, as Holloman missed by less maybe a foot.
4th and 3, DAL 29.
Henery nails a 47-yarder.
In the end, this drive was killed by the holding penalty and the run for nothing. Can’t have two mistakes like that in one series and expect to get the 3rd and 19.
1st and 10, PHI 12.
We’re going to pick on Jeff Heath, 38, the rookie safety. The arrow from Ertz is pointing to him. Shady motions into the flat, bringing a linebacker there with them. Avant and Jackson, the two WR wide right, are going to run shallow crosses. That leaves Heath to account for Ertz.
Ertz runs a nice route and leaves Heath in the dust. Foles hits him right in the numbers for 17.
1st and 10, PHI 29.
There’s the blocking scheme. This time, instead of moving Lane left inside Peters, we’ve moved Peters outside of Lane Johnson on the right and have Celek on the left. Kelce and Lane Johnson are going to seal the DTs. Mathis and Herremans are going to pull. Peters is going to kick the DE out. Casey, who is on the far right is going to come around that DE and take a linebacker. He’ll be doing that again later in this game.
Nice hole setting up for Shady.
But Peters can’t hold his block on #99, the DE Selvie, who slips inside and tackles Shady for a loss of 1.
2nd and 12, PHI 27.
The play starts with DeSean on the right. He motions around the back of the formation, and the CB stays home on the other side. That means we have Shady in the flat and two WRs for two DBs. As the ball is snapped, we have two WRs and DJax on the left, and they only have 2 CBs. Again we don’t throw it.
DAL is in zone coverage, so the wide CB stays wide, the MLB Holloman is going to slide over to the deep middle, and the slot CB is covering short middle. Avant is going to pick him as he runs deep, and Cooper will cut in.
We get Riley over the middle for 4 yards, but the question is – if we have the numbers, why not DeSean in space? That’s him at the top of the screen signaling "C’mon, man!". I think we outsmarted ourselves on this one.
3rd and 7, PHI 32.
We’re going to pick on Heath again. The Cowboys are in nickel. Before we do anything, Barry Church, 42, is going to signal something and drop back. Smart move – if he doesn’t, that left side looks mighty tempting for a screen to Jackson. The other safety, Heath, moves up to cover Ertz in the slot.
Pre-snap, DJax is going to motion over next to Ertz, which is going to cause Scandrick, the slot CB, to follow him, and Heath to drop back a little. So we have Heath and Scandrick on our TE/WR stack.
Riley is on the outside running a go route, Scandrick is trying to cover DeSean, and Ertz is driving upfield against Heath. I like this play. If we had Riley stop at the sticks and DeSean go deep, I doubt Scandrick could stay with him.
Instead we go to Ertz over the middle for 12. Great route. He drives Heath back and off him as he curls and gets plenty of separation.
1st and 10, PHI 44
This one is a lot of fun. We start with two TEs, Celek and Casey (who in case you haven’t noticed is almost always being used as a blocker) on the right side of the line. They have eight in the box. Pre-snap, Avant motions in to the side of line, as he did earlier (though from the other side that time). Here’s the blocking scheme.
Peters and Kelce are driving their guys left, Mathis is downfield on an LB, Herremans and Lane are sealing their guys to the right. And that guy in front of Shady/Foles is Avant, who is simply weaving left to right through the traffic. The guy who has just come into the picture on the left is the CB who followed Avant in motion and is now wondering where the hell he is. He has his head turned to see where he is going around the back of the D-Line and has no idea it’s being handed off.
And there’s your huge hole. The funny part is the CB streaking across the star to find Avant, while Shady is headed straight towards him.
And now he’s finally realized what’s happening. The safety barely trips up Shady but we still get 20.
1st and 10, DAL 36.
This is the intentional grounding. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be a screen play, but it gets confusing. That’s Cooper in the left slot, Celek just off the line, and Lane Johnson trying to get a penalty for lining up too far off of the line.
This is just after the play fake. You can see the DE trying to swim inside Peters on the left, and all I can guess is that McCoy was supposed to leak out in that spot.
The reason I’m guessing it’s a screen is that immediately after the play fake, Foles whips his head around to the left. Two WRs are on the right and Cooper, the only one on that left side, is running a slant but not even looking for the ball – so I’m guessing he’s just clearing out the CB. You can see Shady running into the DE, and Kelce looking back wondering what the hell is going on. Whatever we were trying, it definitely didn’t work. There’s very little consistency to the grounding calls, so I won’t get into that. Suffice to say Foles tried to throw it at the feet of Shady, who was being bumped and grabbed, and we got flagged.
2nd and 20, DAL 46.
Riley and Avant left, Jackson right. Celek in on the left. Cowboys are in nickel. This time Riley comes in motion across the back of the formation, which initially confuses them. Both CBs start to cross and one tells the other to stay so they get it right.
Crossing routes. Avant and Cooper are coming across one way, DJax the other. Polk takes J.J. Wilcox, the other rookie safety who is now in for Heath, with him on the wheel route downfield.
There’s the traffic from Riley and Avant. The CB (Carr, 39) does a good job getting around it, but DJax changes gears and leaves him behind. There’s no one left on that side of the field except the rookie safety covering Polk and we get 20 yards.
Polk does something funny and comes back to block the CB chasing DeSean instead of the S downfield who was originally covering Polk. Silly Polk, don’t you know no one catches DeSean from behind?
1st and 10, DAL 26
Nothing tricky here, just a running play. We do have Lane Johnson on the left inside of Peters. Celek is the de facto right tackle.
Celek wants this one back. The left side looks great, plenty of room and a couple of road graters, but Celek might have lined up too wide. His man gets inside of him and forces Shady to turn back into pursuit. 1-yard gain.
2nd and 9, DAL 25:
This is the great catch by Avant. No trickery, no motion, just a bunch to the right with Avant in the middle, and Ertz out to the left. DJax runs the slant in, Cooper runs a little out/in wiggle post, and Avant runs a sort of stop and go. He’s well covered but makes a great catch over the CB. So far, pass protection has been pretty good.
1st and goal from the 3.
As easy as they come. DeSean motions in, and the CB comes with him. That leaves one guy on the right who is covering Ertz.
We fake the handoff to DeSean after the motion. Ertz takes his guy from the right on a slant, we have Shady with a headstart to the flat being covered by a DE, 51 Kyle Wilber.
We’re winning 10-0.